Healthy Crock Pot Recipes: Calico Beans

This recipe packs a punch when it comes to protein.  In my household of men, this is much appreciated.  Oh, who am I kidding?  I may be the only girl in my household, but give me a bowl of beans, beef, and bacon, and I’m a happy camper.  I love me a high protein meal!  If all the boys in the house enjoy it too, well now, that’s just a huge perk.  :)

Add some chopped sweet green peppers, or even a few chunks of spicy peppers to this recipe if your family enjoys a little “kick”.

Calico Beans

8 ounces turkey bacon, cut into one-inch pieces
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion (or 4 Tablespoons minced onion)
1/4 cup sucanat
1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
2 – 15 ounce cans baked beans (I use Eden Organics, full of healthy ingredients)
1 – 15 ounce can kidney beans
3/4 cup ketchup (I recommend homemade ketchup or an organic variety that does not contain high fructose corn syrup)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon vinegar (I use either red wine or balsamic)

In a skillet, brown bacon, ground beef, and onions together.  Drain and dump into a crock pot.  Add remaining ingredients, stirring until mixed.  Cover and cook on low for six hours or on high for three hours.  Or, skip the crock pot and bake this in a covered casserole dish at 350° for an hour.

Calico Beans

I know everyone is different when it comes to craving meat and high protien meals.  Are you like me and feel like you could eat a half a cow sometimes?  Or are you content with a small bowl of beans and the occasional peanut? 


  1. Jocelyn says

    It’s still not cool enough here for fall recipes but I’m thinking I could use the crock pot and make this, woo hoo!


  2. Nicole says

    Made this for supper last night and it was a hit! Only the baked beans in it turned to mush after cooking for a while. Do yours do that after a while too? Either way, this recipe is a keeper. Thanks for sharing!


    Kari Reply:

    I did mine in the oven for an hour instead of crock pot and the beans were fine. Maybe less time in the crockpot if the beans got mushy?


  3. Kari says

    Haven’t had since I was a kid. Doubled plus some extra beans to stretch it tonight for us and for a friend whose husband had surgery last week. It tasted great and my kids gobbled it up. Glad I stumbled upon your recipe Laura. Bookmarking this one!


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